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No suspense! As expected, Justin Fields to start at QB for Ohio State

 

Ohio State Captains Named Also

 

JUSTIN FIELDS MEETS WITH THE MEDIA

65,292 Ryan Day OSU coach On 7 Captains for 2019 August 19

65,293 Ryan Day OSU coach On Justin Fields as the starting QB 8 19 2019

65,294 Ryan Day OSU coach Why so long naming a QB Everyone knew it would be Fields all along 8 19 2019

65,295 Ryan Day OSU QB Is his decision to bring in Fields working out the way he wanted 8 19 2019

Justin Fields says he worked and studied hard to gain the starting nod (megasportsnews.com photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State football team hit the practice field Monday morning as preparations continue for the season-opener on Aug. 31 versus Florida Atlantic. It was the Buckeyes’ final morning practice, as fall semester classes begin tomorrow and the schedule shifts to late afternoon practice from this point forward.

 

Afterwards, head coach Ryan Day met with the media in the team room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and shared two pieces of news: Ohio State has selected seven captains to lead it in 2019 and sophomore Justin Fields has been named the team’s starting quarterback.

 

The Buckeyes’ seven captains this year are: DE Chase Young, a junior from Hyattsville, Md., DE Jonathon Cooper, a senior from Gahanna, Ohio, SAF Jordan Fuller, a senior from Old Tappan, N.J., junior LB Tuf Borland from Bolingbrook, Ill., RB J.K. Dobbins, a junior from La Grange, Texas, WR K.J. Hill, a senior from Little Rock, Ark., and WR C.J. Saunders, a senior from Dublin, Ohio.

 

Borland and Fuller are repeat selection from 2018 and represent the 13th and 14th two-time captains in program history. Borland has played in 28 career games (with 20 starts) and is an Academic All-Big Ten selection majoring in human development and family science. Fuller is majoring in business marketing and last year was a first team CoSIDA Academic All-American who tied for the team lead in tackles.

 

Joining Borland and Fuller on the defensive side of the ball, Cooper has played in 33 career games and started 13 times last year. He is majoring in consumer and family financial services. Young led the team in both sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (15.5) last year while earning second team All-Big Ten honors. He’s a criminology and criminal justice major.

 

On offense, Dobbins is the first-ever player to rush for 1,000 or more yards as both a freshman and a sophomore. He’s majoring in consumer and family financial services. Hill, who graduated in August with his degree in communications, enters 2019 needing 48 catches to break David Boston’s 20-year-old school record of 191 career receptions. Saunders, who graduated last May with his degree in accounting, initially walked on to the team but earned a scholarship in the spring of 2017.

 

Fields emerged from a three-man race for the starting quarterback job after a strong training camp. He arrived at Ohio State last January after spending his freshman season at the University of Georgia where he appeared in 12 of 14 games for the Bulldogs and was named to the coaches freshman All-SEC Team.

 

Ohio State Tabbed as No. 5 in Associated Press Poll
The Buckeyes will start the 2019 season No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll, the organization announced today. This is the sixth time in the past seven years the Buckeyes have opened the season ranked among the Top 5 teams in the country, after rankings of Nos. 2, 5, 1, 6, 2 and 5 between 2013-2018, respectively. Additionally, 2019 is the 84th season for the Associated Press to produce its college football poll. Ohio State leads the nation in total number of times ranked with this preseason ranking the 902nd ranking for Ohio State through the years out of the 1,153 polls.

 

Head coach Ryan Day on the seven captains selected this season
“I think they are a great representation of the program. They are a group of guys that I think epitomize what we want an Ohio State football player to be. I think they understand what it means to be a captain. Very, very well-respected, unbelievable group of guys. Really cool.”

 

Day on what led Justin Fields to earn the starting quarterback job
“Right now he’s starting to scratch the surface. I still don’t think he’s where he needs to be. After this week, I think he played at a starter level, earned the job. We’ll see where it goes from there.”

 

“I think his reads and his eyes have been much better, where he’s going with the football. His timing, understanding the offense, the more reps he gets. I also think he’s getting a better feel for throwing in the pocket. Mechanically there are a few things that Coach Yurcich has worked on, that Justin has worked on that has closed up a few of his throws. He’s got a strong arm. He’s done a pretty good job with his accuracy the last couple weeks. He can create. When he does create, he has to know when there’s times to take a chance, when there’s times you got to throw it away or eat it. That’s just managing the game, maturity in that position.”

 

Day on his takeaways from last Saturday’s scrimmage
“We had probably I think about 10 to 12 champions on both sides of the ball. I thought guys came out and played really, really well. Nothing in particular in terms of like individuals that really stepped up that maybe hadn’t before, without selling somebody short. But overall it was a good scrimmage. I think the offense and the defense have been getting after each other. It’s been a lot of give-and-take, which has been great.”

 

Day on C.J. Saunders going from walk-on to team captain
“I think it’s unbelievable. You can tell that these guys respect hard work, they respect and really give a lot of credit to the way he’s gone about his work every day, the way he handles himself, his character. C.J. hasn’t played a whole bunch around here. What matters is how he works in the weight room, how he practices, the way he handles himself off the field, the classroom.”

 

Day on how he announced the captains to the rest of the team
“We did it this morning in an 8:00 meeting. Brought the team in, let them know the results of the voting. Called all seven guys up here, congratulated the team. They did an unbelievable job selecting. I talked to them before about what it means to be an Ohio State captain, the tradition that comes with it, the guys that have come before them. Also you’re not voting for your best friend or your buddy. You’re voting for somebody that’s going to represent the school, somebody that you respect. I thought they did a great job.”

 

 

#GoBucks#

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MIKE BASFORD; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS


New co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison now game planning for the Buckeyes and not against them

 

Greg Mattison, who is great in media sessions, talked to us this past Wednesday about the improvements being made on defense (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH GREG MATTISON (PART 1)

65,200 Greg Mattison Ohio State Defensive Coordinator Part 1 August Camp

 

Back on in January 2019 when new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day had decided he wanted to clean house within the defensive coaching staff. He pulled off a surprising and bold move to everyone in Buckeye Land and Wolverine Land.

He dipped into Jim Harbaugh’s staff and brought two veteran defensive coaches to Ohio State, Greg Mattison and Al Washington. Wow, what guts, was what I heard from fans while sitting in a Roosters Restaurant having some Wings with my girlfriend, Alexandra. One wonders what the folks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the Wolverines, were thinking? Some I can’t put into print, but I am sure traitor, turncoat and Benedict Arnold a just a few to think of.

What those two moves showed Buckeyes fans and the College Football World, is that Ryan Day is going to make his own name and also showed that he will go and do whatever is necessary to improve the Buckeyes and keep them as national title contenders year in and year out.

With Mattison, he is getting 69-year-old defensive coach who has coach all over the defense. He has coached at Illinois, Cornell, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Navy, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Florida. He had two stints with Michigan, 1992-1996 and 2011-2018. He also coached in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens 2008-2010.

Coach Day said it was a tough decision to let go of Greg Schiano as defensive coordinator and other staff members but he had to in order to send a message that status quo was not going to continue.

Status quo being the worst defense in school history; giving up 4.5 yards per rush; 25.5 points per game 7th in Big Ten, 50th nationally; rushing 158.2 yards per game 6th in the conference, 57th nationally; passing 245.2 ypg 11th in the conference and 86th nationally; total defense 403.4 ypg 10th in Big Ten, 71st nationally. The points per game of 25.5 per game was the worst since 1999 when they allowed 23.9 per game. All of these stats are unacceptable to the team, fans, media, alumni who follow the team. All aspects of the defense have to improve especially in the linebacking corps and the defensive backfield who at times were just like “toast”!

Coach Mattison said that everyone will see everyone run to the football and two different schemes, “Bullet” and “Sam”.

And Mattison also said that the Buckeyes, despite all of their shortcomings on defense, were still 13-1, Big Ten East champions, Conference champions and Rose Bowl champions.

Eventhough several members of the media tried to get him to unveil the starters on defense, Mattison said that will come at the end of camp. Most of the starters are as plain to figure out as the Buckeye colors of scarlet, gray and white.

Ohio State stars Chase Young, J.K. Dobbins named to TSN Pre-season All-America Team

 

 

Young is first team selection by Sporting News, Dobbins garners second team honors

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s duo of DE Chase Young and RB J.K. Dobbins were named Wednesday to the Sporting News Preseason All-America Team. Young was a first team selection while Dobbins made the second team.

 

Chase Young

Young, a junior from Upper Marlboro, Md., is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign that saw him lead the team in both tackles-for-loss (15.5) and sacks (10.5). A Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2018, Young had three of his best games down the stretch last season. In wins over No. 4 Michigan, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 9 Washington, he registered five tackles-for-loss, four sacks, one pass breakup, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. His three sacks in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory over Northwestern tied the Big Ten Championship Game record. This fall, he is looking to become just the second player in school history to record multiple seasons of double-digit sacks.

 

A La Grange, Texas, native, Dobbins enters his junior season with 2,456 career rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. A Second Team All-Big Ten choice by both the coaches and media last season, Dobbins became the first player in program history to rush for over 1,000 yards as both a freshman and a sophomore. In 2017, he set an Ohio State freshman record by rushing for 1,403 yards and then came back last season to rush for 1,053 yards. His top performances last year included a career-best 203 yards and 37 carries in an overtime win vs. Maryland and 163 yards against Nebraska. Over his 28-game career, Dobbins has nine 100 yard outings and the Buckeyes are 9-0 in those contests.

J.K. Dobbins

 

#GoBucks#

 

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State is well represented in NFL Training Camps with 62 former Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Training camps for all 32 National Football League teams are now open or set to open around the league and the Ohio State football program is well-represented based on recent research of current NFL rosters. A review of official team rosters at NFL.com reveals an entire team of Buckeyes are in the league: 62 players in all.

 

It’s no secret that Ohio State has been developing NFL talent, including high-level, first-round talent, for the duration of its history. The program is tied-for-first, with USC, in first-round picks with 81, including the second-most first-round picks in the last decade with 15. Ohio State’s 62 draft picks between 2010-19 is also second-most among college football teams in the decade, a number that includes 49 draft picks the last seven years under the tutelage of former head coach Urban Meyer and his staffs.

 

And the bulk of Ohio State’s 62 current NFL players were coached at least one season by Meyer: 55, including 13 players off the 2018 Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion team that posted a 13-1 record.

 

28 NFL Teams Feature a Buckeye

An Ohio State program high six former Buckeyes are on the New Orleans Saints roster – CB Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, SAF Vonn Bell, WR Ted Ginn Jr., CB Marshon Lattimore and WR Michael Thomas. The Dallas Cowboys (WR Noah Brown, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Devin Smith and RB Mike Weber), Cincinnati Bengals (DE Sam Hubbard, OG Michael Jordan, OC Billy Price and LB Chris Worley) and the Miami Dolphins (LB Jerome Baker, LB Raekwon McMillan, OT Isaiah Prince and DT Adolphus Washington) each carry four former Buckeyes on their respective rosters.

 

A total of 28 different NFL teams feature at least one Ohio State Buckeye and 19 teams have two or more.

 

Four position groups, led by the defensive backs with 13 players, have 10-or-more former Buckeyes. The others are the defensive line, offensive line and at wide receiver.

 

NFL Training Camp Buckeyes

By Team – 62

 

LB Dante Booker* – Arizona Cardinals

DT Michael Bennett* – Atlanta Falcons

CB Kendall Sheffield – Atlanta Falcons

SAF Kurt Coleman – Buffalo Bills

TE Marcus Baugh – Carolina Panthers
WR Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers

DE Sam Hubbard – Cincinnati Bengals

OG Michael Jordan – Cincinnati Bengals

OC Billy Price – Cincinnati Bengals

LB Chris Worley – Cincinnati Bengals

CB Denzel Ward – Cleveland Browns

WR Noah Brown – Dallas Cowboys

RB Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys

WR Devin Smith – Dallas Cowboys

RB Mike Weber – Dallas Cowboys

TE Jeff Heuerman – Denver Broncos

DT Dre’mont Jones – Denver Broncos

OT Taylor Decker – Detroit Lions

OC Corey Linsley – Green Bay Packers

WR Johnnie Dixon – Houston Texans

SAF Tyvis Powell – Houston Texans

CB Bradley Roby – Houston Texans

OG Malcolm Pridgeon – Houston Texans

WR Parris Campbell – Indianapolis Colts

SAF Malik Hooker – Indianapolis Colts

DE Tyquan Lewis – Indianapolis Colts

OG Andrew Norwell – Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Terrelle Pryor – Jacksonville Jaguars

RB Carlos Hyde – Kansas City Chiefs

LB Darron Lee – Kansas City Chiefs

DE Joey Bosa – Los Angeles Chargers

QB Cardale Jones – Los Angeles Chargers

LS Jake McQuaide – Los Angeles Rams

LB Jerome Baker – Miami Dolphins

LB Raekwon McMillan – Miami Dolphins

OT Isaiah Prince – Miami Dolphins

DT Adolphus Washington – Miami Dolphins

OG Pat Elflein – Minnesota Vikings

DT Jalyn Holmes – Minnesota Vikings

SAF Nate Ebner – New England Patriots

DE John Simon – New England Patriots

CB Eli Apple – New Orleans Saints

QB J.T. Barrett – New Orleans Saints

SAF Vonn Bell – New Orleans Saints

WR Ted Ginn Jr. – New Orleans Saints

CB Marshon Lattimore – New Orleans Saints

WR Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints

RB Rod Smith – New York Giants

CB Gareon Conley – Oakland Raiders

DT Jonathan Hankins – Oakland Raiders

SAF Malcolm Jenkins – Philadelphia Eagles

P Cameron Johnston – Philadelphia Eagles

WR Braxton Miller – Philadelphia Eagles

DE Cameron Heyward – Pittsburgh Steelers

LB Ryan Shazier* – Pittsburgh Steelers

DE Nick Bosa – San Francisco 49ers

OT Jamarco Jones – Seattle Seahawks

OG Demetrius Knox – Seattle Seahawks

TE Nick Vannett – Seattle Seahawks

SAF Damon Webb – Tennessee Titans

QB Dwayne Haskins – Washington Redskins

WR Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins

*Injured

 

NFL Training Camp Buckeyes

By Position

 

Defensive Backs – 13

CB Eli Apple – New Orleans Saints

SAF Vonn Bell – New Orleans Saints

SAF Kurt Coleman – Buffalo Bills

CB Gareon Conley – Oakland Raiders

SAF Nate Ebner – New England Patriots

SAF Malik Hooker – Indianapolis Colts

SAF Malcolm Jenkins – Philadelphia Eagles

CB Marshon Lattimore – New Orleans Saints

SAF Tyvis Powell – Houston Texans

CB Bradley Roby – Houston Texans

CB Kendall Sheffield – Atlanta Falcons

CB Denzel Ward – Cleveland Browns

SAF Damon Webb – Tennessee Titans

 

Defensive Line – 11

DT Michael Bennett* – Atlanta Falcons

DE Joey Bosa – Los Angeles Chargers

DE Nick Bosa – San Francisco 49ers

DE Cameron Heyward – Pittsburgh Steelers

DT Jalyn Holmes – Minnesota Vikings

DT Jonathan Hankins – Oakland Raiders

DE Sam Hubbard – Cincinnati Bengals

DT Dre’mont Jones – Denver Broncos

DE Tyquan Lewis – Indianapolis Colts

DE John Simon – New England Patriots

DT Adolphus Washington – Miami Dolphins

 

Offensive Line – 10

OT Taylor Decker – Detroit Lions

OG Pat Elflein – Minnesota Vikings

OT Jamarco Jones – Seattle Seahawks

OG Michael Jordan – Cincinnati Bengals

OG Demetrius Knox – Seattle Seahawks

OC Corey Linsley – Green Bay Packers

OG Andrew Norwell – Jacksonville Jaguars

OC Billy Price – Cincinnati Bengals

OG Malcolm Pridgeon – Houston Texans

OT Isaiah Prince – Miami Dolphins

 

Wide Receivers – 10

WR Noah Brown – Dallas Cowboys

WR Parris Campbell – Indianapolis Colts

WR Johnnie Dixon – Houston Texans

WR Ted Ginn Jr. – New Orleans Saints

WR Braxton Miller – Philadelphia Eagles

WR Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins

WR Terrelle Pryor – Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers

WR Devin Smith – Dallas Cowboys

WR Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints

Linebackers – 6

LB Jerome Baker – Miami Dolphins

LB Dante Booker* – Arizona Cardinals

LB Darron Lee – Kansas City Chiefs

LB Raekwon McMillan – Miami Dolphins

LB Ryan Shazier* – Pittsburgh Steelers

LB Chris Worley – Cincinnati Bengals

 

Running Backs – 4

RB Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys

RB Carlos Hyde – Kansas City Chiefs

RB Rod Smith – New York Giants

RB Mike Weber – Dallas Cowboys

 

Quarterback – 3

QB J.T. Barrett – New Orleans Saints

QB Dwayne Haskins – Washington Redskins

QB Cardale Jones – Los Angeles Chargers

Tight Ends – 3

TE Marcus Baugh – Carolina Panthers

TE Jeff Heuerman – Denver Broncos

TE Nick Vannett – Seattle Seahawks

 

Specialists – 2

P Cameron Johnston – Philadelphia Eagles

LS Jake McQuaide – Los Angeles Rams

*Injured

#GoBucks

THE PEOPLE. THE TRADITION. THE EXCELLENCE.

 

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Ohio State issues Statement on Women’s Basketball Program

Ohio State Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Patrick Klein has resigned in a letter to the university.

The Department of Athletics released the following statement:

“Ohio State is investigating allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy within the women’s basketball program. The university has notified the NCAA. On Friday, July 26, Klein was placed on administrative leave while the university investigates. Ohio State is working diligently to conclude its review of this matter.”

 

PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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